Haiti urged to investigate illegal use of force by its police force

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Haitian National Police officer along with UNPOL and MINUSTAH checks the trunk of a car in Port-au-Prince

The UN's human rights presence in Haiti is urging Haitian authorities to properly investigate and prosecute police officers suspected of unlawful killings and torture.

An investigation into the deaths of 9 people in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince has raised concerns about the illegal use of force by the police.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Two reports released by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti detail investigations into 6 incidents in which approximately 20 members of the Haitian National Police, HNP, were implicated in the deaths of 9 people.

The incidents are said to have taken place in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area between October 2010 and June this year.

According to the reports, the deaths may have been the result of the police's illegal use of force.

The UN has called on the Haitian Government to take action to prevent killings, including extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions, by the Haitian police and to immediately investigate the deaths that do occur.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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